Higher PSC rates from Jan 1

> Charges will still be lower com­pared with other coun­tries: Liow

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

KA­JANG: The new Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Charge (PSC) or air­port tax, which will see higher rates im­posed on air trav­ellers, will be im­ple­mented from Jan 1 next year.

On the de­tails of the new fees, Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they would be an­nounced by the Malaysian Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion (Mav­com) soon.

“Mav­com pre­sented their views to me, and we are look­ing at the finer de­tails.

“We also dis­cussed it in the Cab­i­net yes­ter­day.”

“We made cer­tain de­ci­sions, but they are un­der Mav­com’s purview. So I will leave it to them to make the an­nounce­ment,” he told re­porters af­ter launch­ing Seko­lah Je­nis Ke­bangsaan (C) Ban­dar Sun­gai Long here, yes­ter­day.

theSun on Wed­nes­day re­ported that the new rates for PSC had been ap­proved by the Cab­i­net and are to be im­ple­mented at all air­ports na­tion­wide, in a move deemed to “level the play­ing field”.

Ac­cord­ing to avi­a­tion sources, the new in­creased PSC charges would be: RM11 for do­mes­tic flights, up from the cur­rent RM9; RM35 for flights to Asean coun­tries; and RM73 for in­ter­na­tional flights, up from RM65 out of KLIA, and RM32 from klia2 cur­rently. De­spite the in­crease, Liow main­tained that the new charges are still con­sid­er­ably lower when com­pared with many other coun­tries.

When asked if it would be un­fair to charge sim­i­lar PSC for in­ter­na­tional flights from KLIA and klia2 de­spite poorer fa­cil­i­ties at the lat­ter, Liow said: “There is no dis­crim­i­na­tion in Malaysia’s poli­cies.”

On the re­port of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the down­ing of flight MH17 by the Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, sched­uled for re­lease on Sept 28, Liow said he hoped the per­pe­tra­tors would be iden­ti­fied then, to al­low the gov­ern­ment to take the next course of ac­tion.

He said once iden­ti­fied, Malaysia would then de­cide whether to bring them to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion or sum­mon them to a na­tional court.

“We would like jus­tice to be done and want the per­pe­tra­tors to be charged.

“We hope this re­port will iden­tify who the real per­pe­tra­tors are. We are still un­able to de­cide on our next move.”

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